Bachelor of Science with a Major in Systems Engineering

The bachelor of science with a major in systems engineering degree program provides students with a broad and solid education in the basics of mathematical modeling, software and information systems, and the treatment of uncertainty. Systems engineering can be applied in many areas, including communications, energy, environment, finance, health care, information technology, marketing, national defense, project management, software development, and transportation. The program emphasizes analytical thinking and fosters communication skills and awareness of the current professional world in order to prepare students for graduate education or productive professional employment. 

Bachelor of Science with a Second Major in Systems Engineering

Any undergraduate student who is enrolled at GW may declare a second major in systems engineering only if their primary degree is a Bachelor of Science. The student must complete all degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in systems engineering, including SEAS general, major, technical electives, humanities/social science, and SEAS/technical GPA requirements. Students enrolled in other bachelor's degree programs (e.g., BA, BBA, BFA) are required to complete the major as a double degree.

Graduation grade-point average criteria:

To satisfactorily complete a second major in electrical engineering, a student must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.2 in all technical engineering courses outlined in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth semesters of the curriculum.

Visit the program website for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 

  • Completion of a total of 129 credits as outlined below.
  • Completion of an appropriate internship/co-op experience during the last two years of the program. This requirement may be satisfied by an approved full-time summer position after the second or third year, or by one or two approved part-time positions requiring 15 to 20 hours of work per week during two of the final four semesters. The position may be paid or unpaid. A position obtained through the GW Career Center usually is acceptable. Consult the faculty advisor for approval.
  • A minimum technical GPA of 2.2 and SEAS GPA of 2.0. All technical courses taken during the fifth through eighth semesters, as outlined by the 4-year curriculum sheet respective to each major and approved by the student's faculty advisor, are counted towards the student's technical GPA.
  • Completion of an approved technical minor that uses the five professional electives courses built into the curriculum.

Plan of Study
The plan of study lists in sequence all course requirements for the degree. Students should review this information carefully and speak to their advisor before changing the sequence of any of these courses.

First semester
EMSE 1001Introduction to Systems Engineering1
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I 13
SEAS 1001Engineering Orientation1
UW 1020University Writing 14
Science elective 24
Computing track elective 33
Second semester
COMM 1040Public Communication3
or COMM 1041 Interpersonal Communication
or COMM 1042 Business and Professional Speaking
ECON 1011Principles of Economics I 13
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II 13
PHYS 1021University Physics I4
Computing track elective 33
Third semester
APSC 3115Engineering Analysis III3
EMSE 2801Fundamentals of Systems Engineering3
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus 13
PHYS 1022University Physics II4
Computing track elective 33
Fourth semester
EMSE 2705Mathematics in Operations Research3
EMSE 3815Requirements Analysis and Elicitation3
EMSE 4765Data Analysis for Engineers and Scientists3
Computing track elective 33
Humanities or social sciences elective 43
Fifth semester
APSC 2113Engineering Analysis I3
EMSE 3740WSystems Thinking and Policy Modeling3
EMSE 3850Quantitative Models in Systems Engineering3
EMSE 4755Quality Control and Acceptance Sampling3
Humanities or social sciences elective 43
Engineering elective 53
Sixth semester
EMSE 3820Project Management for Engineering Systems3
EMSE 3855WCritical Infrastructure Systems3
EMSE 4410Engineering Economic Analysis3
EMSE 4770Techniques of Risk Analysis and Management3
PHIL 2135Ethics in Business and the Professions3
Engineering elective 53
Seventh semester
EMSE 3760Discrete Systems Simulation3
EMSE 4190Senior Project in Systems Engineering I3
EMSE 4710Applied Optimization Modeling3
Two professional electives 66
Eighth semester
EMSE 4191Senior Project in Systems Engineering II3
STAT 2183WIntermediate Statistical Laboratory: Statistical Computing Packages3
Three professional electives 69
Total Credits129
Computing track electives: 3
Option One
Taken sequentially:
CSCI 1111Introduction to Software Development3
CSCI 1112Algorithms and Data Structures3
CSCI 2113Software Engineering3
CSCI 2441WDatabase Systems and Team Projects3
Option Two
Taken sequentially:
CSCI 1111Introduction to Software Development3
or CSCI 1121 Introduction to C Programming
or CSCI 1131 Introduction to Programming with C
EMSE 6574Programming for Analytics3
EMSE 6575Applied Machine Learning for Analytics3
EMSE 6577Data-Driven Policy3

1Course satisfies the university general education requirement in math, science, and writing. 

2 One course, or pair of courses, from the following for a total of 4 credits: BISC 1115 and BISC 1125; or BISC 1116 and BISC 1126; or CHEM 1111; or CHEM 1112. Note that Honors Program students and those who have been invited to join the Scholars in Quantitative and Natural Sciences (SQNS) Program take BISC 1120 instead of BISC 1125 for the lab component.

3 Computing track elective requirements may be met with the courses in either option in the list directly above.

4 One social and behavioral sciences course and one humanities course must be selected from the University General Education Requirement list.

5 In consultation with the faculty advisor, the student selects two approved courses with engineering topics, both offered by the same SEAS department.

6 Professional electives: Each systems engineering major will gain specific expertise in a chosen technical area by taking a five-course sequence leading to a minor from another department of the University. Technical electives are selected with the approval of the student’s academic advisor. Areas frequently chosen are computer science, economics, finance, management, mathematics, naval science, statistics, or specific fields of engineering. Consult the advisor for other approved areas and requirements.

Internship requirement—All EMSE majors are required to complete an appropriate internship/co-op experience during the last two years of the program. This requirement may be satisfied by an approved full-time summer position after the second or third year, or by one or two approved part-time positions requiring 15 to 20 hours per week during two of the final four semesters. A position obtained through the GW Career Center will usually be acceptable; the position may be either paid or unpaid. Consult the advisor for approval.